Our Team

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John Stephanus

President

As the son of the founding family of Epic Asset Management, John had the opportunity to learn the Real Estate business first hand.

In 1976, while getting a degree in Economics at the University of Washington, John bought a 30-unit apartment building and restored it while completing his schooling. Following this, he personally restored several small multi-unit apartment complexes and turned them into business successes. John steadily grew the business into a successful property management operation and took over running the family portfolio of properties in 1981. In 1984, John strategically diversified his holdings into several property service companies which became business successes, and which have served to strengthen the company’s core property management business. In addition to being a driven and successful real estate professional, John’s special talents are in the identification and valuation of properties, and subsequent purchase negotiations. For the last five years, John has tutored University of Washington Economics Majors through the UW’s mentorship program.
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Andrew Hermer

Executive Vice President

Andrew joined Epic Asset Management in 2014 with an extensive background in multifamily property management.

He began his real estate career after working in securities investments and construction sales. Andrew started in multi-family as a Portfolio Manager with HSC Real Estate in Southern California and then in Seattle. He continued on to BRE in Seattle, Portland and the Bay Area as a Regional Manager, then to Carmel Partners as Vice President of Residential Services. He was then at Arcadia Management Services Co. for nine years as the Director of Property Management. With his combined knowledge and work experience, he has developed a refined understanding of what goes into building and maintaining a premium multi-family brand. Andrew has driven the marketing presence, financial results and capital campaigns on the Epic owned assets. He launched the Epic Management Services division in 2016 to offer fee management services and is active in the ongoing development of new assets for the Epic owned portfolio.
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Tim O’Leary, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Tim is a West Coast native with over 30 strong years of real estate accounting and finance experience.

He has a business degree and emphasis in Accounting from California State University, Long Beach and received his CPA certification from the state of California. After 7 years working in a CPA firm in California, he has spent the past 23 years of his career working throughout Washington, Oregon and California for both public and privately held real estate companies. He has contributed his knowledge of real estate asset management and operations, development / construction, strategic planning, financial reporting, strong communication skills and much more to the success of these companies. Epic Asset Management is thrilled to utilize his strong skill-set towards their portfolio of properties encompassing the Greater Puget Sound Region.
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Amy Williams

Vice President of Epic Management Services

Amy L. Williams has a rich history in multifamily development, management and brokerage in the Pacific Northwest.

Formerly a senior leader at Security Properties, Williams has also worked for Greystar, Hoyt Realty Group and Trammell Crow Residential. Amy’s 25-year Real Estate career has on the pre-development and successful delivery of more than 35 mixed-use high-rise and mid-rise communities spanning the Pacific Northwest. Williams was a key member of the award-winning project team that received the National Association of Industrial Properties (NAIOP) High Rise Residential Project of the Year Award for Kinects Tower (2018). As a knowledge leader in the real estate sector, Williams is an accomplished public speaker, most recently providing industry insights at the Marcus & Millichap IPA Multifamily Forum in Seattle. Williams has a Principal Broker real estate license in Oregon and a Managing Broker real estate license in Washington. She holds professional affiliations with the National Apartment Association, National Association of Realtors, Washington Multifamily Housing Association and Portland Metro Association of Realtors. Williams is also a patron of Seattle Art Museum, a supporter of the Cascade AIDS Project and former board member of the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. She is also a member of the Downtown Seattle Association, Pearl District Business Association and Pearl District Neighborhood Association.
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Erin Heathers, CAPS

Regional Manager

Erin began in the multifamily industry in 2003 with AvalonBay and has worked with several large Multifamily firms in her tenure.

With a strong emphasis in Operations, Erin’s specialty is tactical business plans for repositioning assets. Versed in REIT, Private Ownership and Third-Party Management, she has experience working with mid-rise and garden-style communities and has achieved great results in value-add and repositioned assets in suburban markets and city centers. A Washington native, Erin has a comprehensive knowledge of the Pacific Northwest market.

Erin holds a Bachelor of Art from Western Washington University, Certified Apartment Manager (CAM), Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor (CAPS), and Washington State Real Estate License. At present, Erin has professional affiliations with the National Apartment Association and serves on several committees at the Washington Multifamily Housing Association.
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Kris Gerhardt

Regional Manager

Kris is a Pacific Northwest Native who has made his full career in managing multi-family properties since earning his bachelor’s degree from Washington State University.

Kris began his property management career with Equity Residential and in his eight years became a Regional Manager overseeing acquisitions, dispositions, value add renovations and enhancing value through operations. In his next role with Prometheus Real Estate group. he managed wholly owned and third-party properties in the Pacific Northwest for seven years. Most recently before joining Epic, he worked with Bell Partners to drive results of their first acquired property in the Pacific Northwest, Bell Overlake, which earned acquisition of the year for 2019 within the organization. This success led to an additional acquisition in December of 2019. Kris is focused on driving financial results and values at his assets while promoting growth and leadership of his property teams.

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Lindsay Jacobs

Rental Resource Coordinator

Lindsay has 11 years of multifamily experience, starting her career in 2009 in Boise, Idaho and then moving to Seattle in 2011 to continue her multifamily housing industry growth.

Lindsay has held positions as a Leasing Associate, Community Bookkeeper, Assistant Community Manager, Community Manager, and Senior Community Manager over multiple sites. Lindsay has had experience with Third-Party Management and Private Ownership, specializing in helping stabilize assets that are not meeting expectations. She has experience with garden-style and mid-rise communities and has extensive knowledge in the King County and Tacoma market. Lindsay is a Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) which she achieved in December 2018. With Epic, Lindsay serves as a Rental Resource Coordinator and supports residents with getting assistance for many needs such as rental support, food support, and utility support. She also cohesively supports the properties throughout the Epic portfolio in managing their delinquency and helping the teams provide support options for the residents in each community.
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Nick Abernathy

Portfolio Maintenance Director

Nick has over 17 years of experience in the Multifamily Industry.

He began his multifamily career in 2002 and has held multiple positions since. Prior to joining Epic Asset Management in 2019, Nick held positions as a Maintenance Technician, Maintenance Supervisor, Senior Maintenance Supervisor and Regional Maintenance Supervisor. During this time, he was able to obtain experience on many different types of properties ranging from garden style to high rise. Through this, he has had the opportunity to oversee renovations, new development and the lease-up process. Nick currently holds his EPA Certification and is in the process of obtaining his 07B electrical license and CAMT credentials.
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Doug Frelin

Regional Maintenance Manager

Doug is a Pacific Northwest native with a passion for this beautiful landscape and his community.

He began his career in the multi-family industry in 2011 as a Maintenance Technician for Epic Asset Management. Over the past 8 years, he has earned a series of promotions and is now a Regional Maintenance Manager. His professional background is in residential remodel and new construction with a trade degree in Carpentry and Technology from Bates Technical College. His collective knowledge and skill, along with fine craftsmanship make him an asset to the maintenance program as a mentor, trainer and advisor for capital projects and renovations. For his outstanding performance, Epic Asset has nominated him multiple times for the Emerald Awards and in 2018 he won Maintenance Technician 300+ Units.
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Chelsey Hanson-Reeb

Executive Assistant

As the Executive Assistant, Chelsey works on the continuous structural improvement of Epic’s brand presence and market position as well as coordinates corporate events and internal flow.

Chelsey grew up in Vancouver, WA, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington State University-Pullman, and came to Epic with three years of Property Management expertise as well as experience in the Hospitality Management industry. Chelsey spearheads Corporate Event Planning, Fee Management Proposal writing, Vendor Management and many more vital workflows that complement Epic’s everyday objectives.